arts & culture

MaXhosa x Nelson Makamo tapestry collaboration

Laduma Ngxokolo, founder of Xhosa-inspired luxury knitwear brand Maxhosa and celebrated visual artist Nelson Makamo have collaborated on a tapestry project, Ngxokolo shared on Instagram on 11 June.

The duo, who are well-established in their respective fields both locally and abroad, combined their skills to create a tapestry project that celebrated their crafts.

In the social media post, Makamo wrote: “We are the patrons of #culture”, alongside with an image of the two showcasing a tapestry, while Ngxokolo took to Instagram page to share the same image with the caption “A #MAXHOSA X @nelsonmakamo tapestry collaboration.”

Having had solo and group…
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MaXhosa x Nelson Makamo tapestry collaboration

KEITULETSE GWANGWA: BRINGING BACK THE WINDYBROW

“My most important goal is to create a platform where being African is not only celebrated, but is also an important topic of informative conversations. For instance, not many people know that traditional Rwandan dance involves head-flipping, because this is part of their identity. Fellow Africans and the rest of the world need to know the significance of such things,” says Gwangwa, who took on her new role in January this year.

As the daughter of famed South African jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa and social activist Violet Gwangwa, as well as being a qualified sangoma, Keituletse’s reputation precedes her. She…
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KEITULETSE GWANGWA: BRINGING BACK THE WINDYBROW

AFRICA TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH KGOMOTSO LE ROUX

Cultural activist Kgomotso Le Roux decided to do her part to enact the change she wanted to see in our society by establishing Khwela Factory, a clothing and textile manufacturing company that focuses on African heritage.

For the majority of the population, seeing the names of Captain America, Superwoman or Thor on merchandise conjures up images of power and strength. Not too many people would know what to think if they saw Nomkhubulwane (the Zulu deity of nature, fertility and rain), Strike Guard (the West African, Yoruba-inspired superhero) or Kwezi (a young, Xhosa man who discovers that his superpowers come…
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AFRICA TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH KGOMOTSO LE ROUX

MIKE VAN GRAAN: A MASTER OF SATIRE

When the world goes crazy with racism, corruption and state capture, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. You’ll do both simultaneously if you treat yourself to one of Mike van Graan’s plays. His searing satire will have you laughing loudly before you suddenly find a lump in your throat or moisture in your eyes as he tackles social ills and challenges your attitudes and assumptions.

Van Graan is possibly South Africa’s most important modern playwright, with a catalogue of 30 works that help explain the idiosyncrasies of our country to ourselves and increasingly to foreigners as he takes…
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MIKE VAN GRAAN: A MASTER OF SATIRE

ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

In 2010, Zimbabwean-born painter Richard Mudariki was forced to leave his homeland for South Africa so that he could tell the stories of his people. Had he stayed, it would have been impossible for him to practise his craft without being arrested on trumped-up charges such as treason.

This is because his paintings show how a country that was once considered Africa’s bread basket and a haven for the arts has been torn apart.

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“At one point, in the 1930s and 1940s, Zimbabwe had renowned artists such as Bernard Matemera and…
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ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

ZANELE MUHOLI’S CAMERA CRUSADE FOR LGBTQI RIGHTS

For more than 20 years, Muholi has armed herself with a camera and a lot of pluck in order to fight for the rights of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. Her devotion is nothing short of a crusade and her important work has received global recognition.

She recently added another feather to her cap when she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters), France’s foremost cultural award.

The order, established in 1957, rewards those who, through their ongoing engagement and creativity, have helped develop the arts and…
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ZANELE MUHOLI’S CAMERA CRUSADE FOR LGBTQI RIGHTS